Shut the lights out and let the frights out with a Glow in the Dark Party for Halloween. There’s something mysterious and magical about the neon glow of items under a blacklight. So why not add that magic to your Halloween party? Kids will have a blast hanging out in the dark, but of course, it won’t be totally dark. UV reactive items will light up and the neon shine of glow sticks and glowing food will transform your party into a colorful glow-scape that your party guests will love. Will their costumes glow? You’ll have to flip the switch to find out!
Use our brilliant party blueprint to bring all the ghoulish details to life and treat your guests to a bright and frightening night!
Glow in the Dark Party Invitation
Modify these Glow Party Birthday Party Invitations to fit the Halloween theme by adding a printed neon insert.
Glow in the Dark Party Decorations
Of course, the main objective of the decorations is to glow bright when the lights go out. But if the decor looks just as great in full light, bonus! Keep things colorful by using neon colors accented with touches of other bold hues.
- To start with, we took our thematic décor cues such as splatters, rings and colors from this Glow Party Table Cover.
- Splatter black bulletin board paper with neon paint and mount on insulation board for a quick and dramatic backdrop.
- Florescent yellow spray paint transforms this 60” Skeleton Posable Prop into a super glowing statement piece.
- Everything will look even eerier under the colorful luminosity of this DIY Glow Stick Chandelier. Get the full tutorial HERE.
The key to making everything glow is a black light. For best results, we recommend using a LED blacklight bar. Single black light bulbs are not powerful enough to get rooms of décor lit up.
- Glow Bracelets ringed and linked make a colorful and easy garland.
- Neon poster board has a magical glow in the dark properties. We used it here for our backdrop letters.
- Don’t forget to decorate your skeleton! Dress him (or her) up with Glow Necklaces and bracelets.
- Bring a Bag of Skulls to life with some Black Light Reactive Paint (we got our paint HERE). The pops of non-neon color help to bring something unexpected to the table.
- At each guest’s place setting, layer Glow Party Dessert Plates onto spray-painted plastic plates. Top with White Utensils. TIP: spray only the back of the plastic plate with the fluorescent paint for food safety reasons.
- Sandwich a glow bracelet in between two Clear Plastic Tumblers to give any beverage an eerie aura.
- Bring the neon radiance all along the tablespace with a splattered table runner. TIP: white glossy wrapping paper works best as the base.
- Use black light reactive paint to give Domino Masks a glowing effect. Guests will love masking up in this colorful accessory.
- Use glow necklaces in an unexpected way … as a centerpiece. Cover a vase with neon poster board and add floral foam to the bottom. Insert necklaces into foam and activate for a spray of shining color. TIP: poke a pilot hole into the floral foam before inserting the bracelet to help prevent accidentally activating the chemicals.
Glow in the Dark Party Food
Combine simple snack offerings with a few more complicated confections to keep time in the kitchen to a minimum. Simple foods will have a greater impact when served on glow in the dark serving pieces. Our pieces were created by edging Clear Plastic Trays and Bowls with Black Light Reactive Cloth Tape (get ours HERE). TIP: transform a platter and bowl into a cake stand by turning the bowl upside down and securing the platter on top with clear Adhesive Dots.
- Serve individual Jello cups with these Glow in the Dark Spoons and set cupcakes in neon poster board wrappers for more glowing goodness.
- If you’d like to make the actual food radiate, tonic water is the key. It contains quinine which has the natural capacity to glow under black light. Try using it to make Jello or cake frosting.
- You can also serve tonic water in Glass Milk Bottles stirred with a powdered drink mix to combat the bitterness. TIP: if you plan to make glowing food, make sure to do a few tests runs first. Some foods react better than others. Also, be cognizant of time limits. We made our Jello well ahead of the party and it glowed the first day but by the time of the party, it had lost its radiance.
Glow in the Dark Party Activity
Grab a Bag of Bones and some blacklight reactive cloth tape for a fun and super simple necklace craft.
Use a drill to add additional holes to the bones so that guests can get creative with lacing and stringing black cording to the “bone beads”. Once they have their necklaces designed, they can embellish the “bone beads” with the cloth tape. Easy peasy, no mess and best part yet, they glow!
Glow in the Dark Party Favors
Gift guests a Lime Green Favor Bag filled with a collection of luminous goodies. We decorated each bag with a printed tag and tied bone so that guests could take the skeleton theme all the way home with them. Items such as a Glow Party Personalized Luggage Tag, Glow Glasses, a Glow in the Dark Spoon Necklace and Halloween Neon Glow Sticks are all fun favors to include.